NEWS FLASH! Fun Facts about JANE BURFIELD

Jane Burfield
Jane Petersen Burfield

Jane is an award-winning author of short fiction. She loves to show the darkness that lurks behind the facade of sweet domesticity and respectability. Recently she is experimenting with writing for young adults. Her story, “There Be Dragons”, was a finalist for the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence for Short Stories.

Mesdames: How do your readers see you when they meet you today?

Jane: They’ll find a rumpled, COVID-haired, brain-fogged lady who looks a little bit like a benevolent granny and a little bit like Lear on the Heath!

Mesdames: You’ve had a fascinating life from training as a ballerina to meeting notorious Idi Amin. What more secrets can you tell us?

Jane: I once did an impromptu Hula dance for the Mayor of Atlantic City at a large reception. They gave me the Key to Atlantic City! I was four at the time so I wonder if the Key is still good. Perhaps it will get me a free coffee!

Mesdames: You have to use this dance in your next story! Have you thought about writing for children?

Jane: I do want to include a young child in the story that is starting to form in my mind. The Mesdames of Mayhem anthologies have given me the opportunity to be free, to try writing from different points of view. My story, “There Be Dragons”, in 13 Claws, let me explore a magical world through the eyes of children. 

Mesdames: And “There Be Dragons” was a finalist for the Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best Short Story. This could be the start of your career as a children’s writer!

Jane: I do love the sense of carefree spontaneity in children. Where do we lose that freedom of spirit? That bravery? But I’m finding that I can have a more enjoyable adolescence in my later years. This time I’m living it with money and a car!

Mesdames: Jane is one of the stars of the CBC documentary, The Mesdames of Mayhem, directed by award-winning director, Cat Mills. (Also a Mme!) View on GEM here to learn more about Jane’s fascinating life. CBC Gem – The Mesdames of Mayhem – The Mesdames of Mayhem

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: OCTOBER 2021

Happy Thanksgiving and Halloween!

This October, we give thanks and celebrate all the accomplishments of our members during these uncertain and sometimes spooky times. We also are excited for next year’s anthology and the continuing achievements of our collective in enticing you, our readers, with even more enjoyable experiences with crime fiction.

OUR NEW ANTHOLOGY

Yay! It’s official: the title for the Mesdames’ fifth anthology, to be published in 2022, is – ta-dah! –  The Spirit of 13.  And “spirit” can mean ghosts, goblins, demons – or debunking of same. Even esprit de corps or alcohol – the only limitations will be the imaginations of our Mesdames and Messieurs!

CONGRATULATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Sylvia Warsh

Big congratulations to Sylvia Warsh for the sale of her eerie suspense tale, “The Natural Order of Things”, to prestigious Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Many authors submit stories but very, very few make it in. This is huge! Publication of Sylvia’s story is scheduled for 2022.

Madeleine Harris Callway

Congrats to M. H. Callway for the reprint of her story, “Incompetence Kills”, in this year’s BOULD anthology. BOULD stands for Bizarre, Outrageous, Unfettered, Limitless and Daring. The 2021 BOULD Anthology will be available on Amazon in November.

Congratulations to Catherine Astolfo on the publication of her standalone novel, The Grand Art of Murder, Catherine Astolfo has dished up something (almost) completely different with a novel that’s a bit more lighthearted than her previous books.

The Grand Art of Murder is set in a fictional town near Brantford, Ontario. When a skeleton is discovered under Leonora Harrington’s barn, she is certain that her plans to convert the place into a high-end art gallery are ruined. Not to mention her sense of security. That’s not what happens, though. The events that unravel are both much worse and much better than she could ever have imagined. A gallery opening that breaks all records for attendance. Someone who breaks in and leaves obscure notes. Two more murders. A handsome lover. Not to mention her mother the ghost. How will Leo survive? You can get it in an e-version or a paperback. Check out Catherine Astolfo’s author page on Amazon.

Jayne Barnard

Congratulations to Jayne Barnard on the re-release of her YA Maddie Hattie steam punk series through Clockworks & Crime Media. Check out the fab new covers for Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond, Guilded Gauge and Timely Taffeta on Jayne’s Amazon.ca Author Page for Books, biography, log, audiobooks, Kindle.

Cat Mills

Congratulations to Cat Mills!
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival has nominated The Mesdames of Mayhem for Best International Director!

Check out the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival program for The Mesdames of Mayhem video.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolitis‘ new podcast I Read Somewhere That is now available on Youtube!

Rage Room Review on That Shakespearean Rag

Lisa was interviewed by Steven Beattie, former editor and reviewer of The Quill and Quire, about The Rage Room!! Here’s the link to the great interview by Steven Beattie about The Rage Room in his blog That Shakespearean Rag.

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NEWS FLASH! Fun Facts about Mme Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken
Rosemary McCracken

The Mesdames: Many readers know that you were a financial journalist, because Pat Tierney, the protagonist of your four mystery novels, and the financial crimes she comes up against were inspired by your work.  But you’ve had many other thrilling adventures on the job. What’s one of your favorites?

Rosemary: I nearly got booted off a Royal Tour! In 1976, Queen Elizabeth II was visiting parts of eastern Canada during the Summer Olympics. Security was tight after the massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

I was covering the Tour for the Montreal Star when another reporter and I showed up at what we thought was a cocktail party at Montreal’s Ritz Carleton Hotel. It turned out to be the Royal Suite where the Queen was freshening up before dinner! Officers from Scotland Yard and the RCMP were embarrassed that we had come so close to the Queen. We could have been terrorists.

The Mesdames: And today they might have shot you! What happened?

Rosemary: They escorted us down the back stairs and out into the alley. I was screaming, “Get your hands off me! I work for the Montreal Star!” The next day, I was advised to apologize to the head of Scotland Yard…or else. I refused and fortunately it blew over.

The Mesdames: You also met and interviewed a big movie star, right?

Rosemary: Yes, I once interviewed the late British actor Oliver Reed. The Montreal Star’s managing editor told me to ask Reed what he thought of Montreal women. So I did. “Well, I only arrived in Montreal last night,” Reed said, “but from what I see right in front of me, I’d say Montreal is a city of beautiful women.” And I’ve been telling that story ever since!

The Mesdames: And this interview inspired one of your recent stories.

Rosemary: Yes, I adapted Oliver Reed’s reply and included it in my story, “Hooked”, which appeared in the 2020 anthology, A Grave Diagnosis (Carrick Publishing). I haven’t used my Royal Tour adventure and perhaps I never will. Real life is often less believable than fiction!

The Mesdames: You also had an encounter with Elvis Presley.

Rosemary:  Yes, I flew to Memphis in August 1977 with an airplane full of Elvis Presley fans to cover the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s funeral for the Montreal Star. On the 40th anniversary of his death in 2017, I sat down to write “Farewell to the King”, about a young woman with a secret who travels to Memphis with her friends to pay final respects to their idol.  My story appeared in the Mesdames‘ fourth anthology, In the Key of 13, in 2019.

The Mesdames: You’ve also had a secret identity and worked undercover.

Rosemary: Yes, I was a restaurant reviewer for the Calgary Herald during the 1980s. I ate at the best restaurants in and around the city. Restaurateurs feared me. A great many loathed me. I drew on my experiences for “Dining Out”, a story about an ill-fated restaurant reviewer that appeared in the Malice Domestic anthology, Mystery Most Edible, in 2019.

The Mesdames: How do your readers see you when they meet you today?

Rosemary: The years I spent as a newspaper reporter and reviewer were the most exciting years of my life. These days I keep a low-profile as a middle-aged writer and teacher – and save my energy for my fiction.

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: SEPTEMBER 2021

Happy Fall, Dear Readers!

The Mesdames have more exciting news popping up this September, including plans for a new anthology, more publications and recognition for members of our collective.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Anthology in 2022!

We’re delighted to announce that our fifth anthology, working title 13 Spirits, will be published in 2022 by Carrick Publishing. Our theme of spirits may include the paranormal, debunking of same, delusion, confusion or alcohol – wherever our weird and wonderful creative minds lead us. The world needs to have fun during these challenging times and the Mesdames intend to do just that – so you’ll have fun reading it, too!

Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing our cover reveal and news about our anthology authors. Hope to have the launch of 13 Spirits in the real world!

I read somewhere that

Checkout Lisa de Nikolitis‘ new website: ireadsomewherethat! It’s full of fresh, new must-read book reviews, buzzy snippets, advice and discussions about anything and everything to do with books

CONGRATULATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Scorpion Scheme
Scorpion Scheme

Melissa Yi’s thriller, Scorpion Scheme, is a finalist for Best Thriller at the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards.

Melissa Yi

Melissas story “My Two-legs” was just bought by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine; and she was one of the seven winners of Thrillerfest’s Best First Sentence Contest. And here’s her winning sentence: “My mom told me I could do whatever I wanted for the whole summer I was fourteen, so I decided to find the Red Rock serial killer.

Madona Skaff
Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff‘s SF novel, Shifting Trust is launching September 15th.

Shifting Trust

Shifting Trust is set 25 years into the future. It’s the story of ex-RCMP officer Tyler Demir who’s happy working internal security for a nano-tech company. Until one of their scientists is kidnapped from a science conference in England. Once again lives depend on his every decision.

Madona is bringing out another book, A Handful of Earths, also launching on September 15th. This speculative fiction novel has a bittersweet story behind it. The author has passed away and Madona is fulfilling their dream by publishing the book.

Belanger Books has a three-volume collection of Sherlock Holmes stories in which Kevin Thornton has stories in the first and the third volumes. After the East Wind Blows, Part 1, came out in July with stories about Holmes, skullduggery, deception, betrayal – and Winston Churchill.

Kevin Thornton
Kevin Thornton

Blair Keetch‘s story “Killing4Sale” is in the anthology Asinine Assassins which is now available on Amazon.

His short story “300 Miles to Murder” is featured in the August newsletter by the Dark & Stormy Bookclub.

Uncharted Waters

Rosemary McCracken‘s book Uncharted Waters received a sterling review in Devour: Arts & Lit Canada, Summer 2021.

Uncharted Waters, the fourth novel in the Pat Tierney mystery series, is Rosemary McCracken’s best book. The plot twists and turns and twists some more. I couldn’t stop reading it,” says reviewer Sharon A. Crawford.

Crawford wraps up her review praising the book’s “multi-dimensional story which will keep readers charging from page to page. My only concern or question is: when will the next Pat Tierney mystery be published?”

Check out Rosemary’s post on her Moving Target blog.

Moving Target blog by Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary also has a Pat Tierney short story, “The Passenger” coming out in the September issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine.

Rosemary McCracken
Rosemary McCracken

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MESDAMES NEWS FLASH! WHEN WORDS COLLIDE STARTS THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 13TH!

When Words Collide

Jayne BarnardCaro SolesMelissa Yi and Madeleine Harris Callway are all participating in the When Words Collide virtual multi-genre conference from August 13 to 15th. Attendance at the conference is free but you must register through EventBrite and have Zoom on your computer. The conference is held on Zoom. Here is the registration link: www.whenwordscollide.org/Registration/

There are lots of opportunities for both established and emerging writers including Master Classes, Manuscript Pitches, Live Action Screenwriting and Submission Feedback.

Check out the Mmes‘ sessions schedule!

Friday, August 13, 2 p.m. MDT/ 4 p.m. EDT
Writing Groups and How to Run Them: M. H. Callway

Cross-Genre Writing: Caro Soles

Friday, August 13, 4 p.m. MDT/ 6 p.m. EDT
The Heroine’s Journey Continues: J. E. Barnard

Saturday, August 14, 2.pm. MDT/ 4 p.m. EDT
Twisted….: J. E. Barnard

Saturday, August 14, 2.pm. MDT/ 4 p.m. EDT
Short Stories as Stepping Stones: M. H. Callway

Saturday, August 14, 5 p.m. MDT/ 7 p.m. EDT
Love of the Land — The Importance of Place in Fiction: J. E. Barnard

Sunday, August 15, 11 a.m. MDT/ 1 p.m. EDT
Crime Fiction in 2021: Trends and Evolution: M. H. Callway

Sunday, August 15, 4 p.m. MDT/ 6 p.m. EDT
Mystery: Big Crimes, Small Towns: J. E. Barnard and M. H. Callway

Melissa Yi is providing one-on-one author-writer consultations at the Blue Pencil Café. Emerging writers must sign up. www.whenwordscollide.org/Events/Festival_Program.php

Mesdames at When Words Collide 2021
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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: AUGUST 2021

Ah, the Cat Days of August, Dear Readers!

Lazing on the beach is fine, but the Mesdames aren’t letting the heat of August get in the way of our publications and writers’ events.

Which means you, dear readers, are in for a multitude of treats, courtesy of the Mesdames.

CONGRATULATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Sylvia Warsh’s essay, “Recreating the Past,” appears in the Mystery Readers International Journal, Summer issue. Historical Mysteries II – Mystery Readers International

Historical Mysteries II

Sylvia  has a new website too! You can check it out at: http://www.sylviawarsh.com/

Melissa Yuan-Innes‘s (Melissa Yi) story “The Bao Queen” appears in Food of My Peoplea fabulous mix of speculative stories about food and the authors have included delicious and/or fantastical recipes related to the stories and to their diverse backgrounds. The anthology Food of My People is available for preorder. 

Melissa Yuan-Innes (Melissa Yi) was a winner in the International Thriller Writers’ Best First Sentence contest. Her sentence was chosen by Allison Brennan!  Check it out at https://thrillerfest.com/best-first-sentence-contest/

EVENTS

Craft Bites Preliminary Play Reading

The Playwrights’ Guild of Canada selected Melissa for Craft Bites, a preliminary play reading, on Monday, August 30th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

The Playwrights’ Guild of Canada members have been paired up to share their work and discuss the craft of playwriting with one another.

Craft Bites are open and free to the public.

Register at https://playwrightsguild.ca/craft-bites-event-page/  to see Melissa and Damian Lovejoy.

When Words Collide

Jayne BarnardCaro SolesMelissa Yi and Madeleine Harris Callway are all participating in the When Words Collide virtual multi-genre conference from August 13 to 15th. Attendance at the conference is free but you must register through EventBrite and have Zoom on your computer. The conference is held on Zoom. Here is the registration link: www.whenwordscollide.org/Registration/

There are lots of opportunities for both established and emerging writers including Master Classes, Manuscript Pitches, Live Action Screenwriting and Submission Feedback.

Check out the Mmes‘ sessions schedule!

Friday, August 13, 2 p.m. MDT/ 4 p.m. EDT
Writing Groups and How to Run Them: M. H. Callway

Cross-Genre Writing: Caro Soles

Friday, August 13, 4 p.m. MDT/ 6 p.m. EDT
The Heroine’s Journey Continues: J. E. Barnard

Saturday, August 14, 2.pm. MDT/ 4 p.m. EDT
Twisted….: J. E. Barnard

Saturday, August 14, 2.pm. MDT/ 4 p.m. EDT
Short Stories as Stepping Stones: M. H. Callway

Saturday, August 14, 5 p.m. MDT/ 7 p.m. EDT
Love of the Land — The Importance of Place in Fiction: J. E. Barnard

Sunday, August 15, 11 a.m. MDT/ 1 p.m. EDT
Crime Fiction in 2021: Trends and Evolution: M. H. Callway

Sunday, August 15, 4 p.m. MDT/ 6 p.m. EDT
Mystery: Big Crimes, Small Towns: J. E. Barnard and M. H. Callway

Melissa Yi is providing one-on-one author-writer consultations at the Blue Pencil Café. Emerging writers must sign up. www.whenwordscollide.org/Events/Festival_Program.php

Mesdames at When Words Collide 2021

LOOKING AHEAD

Lisa de Nikolits

Keep an eye out for Lisa de Nikolitis‘ newest website/venture I Read Somewhere That. The pilot episode will launch in September with a fab debate, reviews of hot new books and lots of buzzy book gossip! Then the site will go live monthly in 2022. Lisa will feature books by Inanna Publications, Breakwater Books Ltd., Dundurn Press and Wolsak and Wynn Publishers and have lots of great guest opinions from some of her favourite authors and, as promised, lots of info about the publishing industry!

Melissa Yuan-Innes’s story My Two Legs will be published in The Alfred Hitchcock Mystery MagazineMy Two Legs was longlisted for the Staunch Prize. “Running since 2018, this unique prize is welcomed by readers all over the world, many of whom had given up on thrillers because of the increasingly graphic violence towards women in the genre. We’re proud to create a little elbow-room for all the clever, exciting and engaging stories out there – published or unpublished – by authors who have found something a bit more original to write about!”

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: JULY 2021

HAPPY SUMMER, DEAR READERS!

May puppy and kitten

Summertime and the Mesdames are still rocking it with film, books, events and more recognition! We’ve also had time for reflection on what it means to be Canadian and who we are as writers. Some of us have baked in record-high temperatures and we’ve seen the terrible consequences of climate change to fellow Canadians and those in the Pacific Northwest.

Yet with the pandemic on the wane, thanks to our Public Health and to vaccinations, we look forward to a summer of new hopes and more accomplishments to come.

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021
Cat Mills

Documentary Month 1st – 31st July 2021

Our fab film maker, Cat Mills and her producer, Felicity Justrabo, get our mega congrats. Our film, The Mesdames of Mayhem, is being screened at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.

2021 International Book Awards
Lisa de Nikolits

Big congrats to Lisa De Nikolits. Her latest novel, The Rage Room, was a finalist for the 2021 International Book Awards in Science Fiction.

The Rage Room

Caro Soles‘s, latest book, The Colony Dancers, the fifth in the Merculian series is now available on Amazon!

All Merculian is excited about the visiting Colony Dancers. The children’s group is so cute in their old-fashioned outfits and few stop to question how they acquired their brilliant technique so young, or why they are all so carefully guarded. Meanwhile, Investigator Marlo is tantalized by the strong resemblance of one of the young dancers to a child who was kidnapped long ago.

How far will the guardians go to keep the secrets of the Colony Dancers?

EVENTS

Melissa Yi will be speaking at Toronto Sisters in Crime via Zoom on Thursday, July 15th, 7 p.m. Melissa will be appearing as both an emergency room physician and an award-winning author to teach us how to make sure medical details in your manuscript are true to life. Plus a Q&A about common medical mistakes in crime fiction!

This is a members only event. To join Toronto Sisters in Crime is only $25 for the year.

Madeleine Harris Callway

On Saturday, July 3rd, M. H. Callway was delighted to be one of the authors in Moonlight and Misadventure interviewed by author and podcaster Joanna VanderVlugt. AUTHOR | JCVArtStudio. The Moonlight and Misdadventure podcast included a terrific interactive panel with authors Elizabeth Elwood, Susan Jane Wright, Karen Abrahamson, Susan Daly and Judy Penz Sheluk, who edited and published the anthology.

New Website

Blair Keetch’s website is up and running. Check out. Blair Keetch – Discover Crime Writer..

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NEWS FLASH! The Mesdames Documentary at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Terrific news! Cat Mills and Felicity Justrabo just let us know that the documentary they made of the Mesdames of Mayhem will be part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. In Australia!!

Here’s the link: https://mdff.org.au/films/the-mesdames-of-mayhem

MEGA CONGRATS TO MME CAT AND FELICITY!!

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NEWS FLASH! MOONLIGHT AND MISADVENTURE NOW AVAILABLE

Madeleine Harris Callway
M.H. Callway

Moonlight and Misadventure, the latest anthology edited by Judy Penz Sheluk (Superior Shores Press) is now available in ebook and print.

M. H. Callway’s darkly humorous tale, “The Moon God of Broadmoor”, is one of the stories by 20+ amazing writers.

The book has a 4.7 star rating on Goodreads. Read American writer/editor Kevin Tipple’s review on his blog, Kevin’s Corner. See his review. And Canadian writer/reviewer, Vanessa Westermann’s take on Moonlight and Misadventure.

Earlier in June, Madeleine was a guest on Art Taylor’s blog, The First Two Pages, where she revealed the craft behind the opening pages of “Moon God” – and the challenge of moving from bureaucratese to creating crime fiction! Read the blogpost on “Moon God“.

On Thursday, June 24th, 7pm, Madeleine will be reading from “The Moon God of Broadmoor”. She joins authors David Rotenberg and Robert Rotenberg at Toronto’s virtual Noir at the Bar, hosted by Rob Brunet and Hope Thompson.https://www.facebook.com/noiratthebartoronto

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Mesdames on the Move: June 2021

WE’RE BUSY, BUSY, BUSY, DEAR READERS

June is a super-busy month for the Mesdames with lots of book news and events. We look forward to taking a break over the summer holidays to catch up on reading – and writing!

FUN FACTS ABOUT… MME LISA DE NIKOLITS

Lisa de Nikolits
Lisa de Nikolits

The Mesdames of Mayhem: How do your readers see you when they meet you today?

Lisa: People invariably say “Lisa, you’re such a sweet person, how on earth do you write such dark and bizarre books?” To which I have no answer!

Mesdames: What fun fact about you would blow them away?

Lisa: When I was young, I was an equine life coach a.k.a. a horse whisperer! I was an excellent animal trainer and I still am! I am very good with dogs and cats, too.

Mesdames: Have you used your animal training techniques in your writing?

Lisa: It’s helped me handle the difficult characters in my books. I know how to coax and cajole them and then crack the whip of tough love at an optimal moment!

Mesdames: Which book or story really needed your tough love?

All of them! I’ve published ten novels and written two more. I am currently working on the sequel to The Rage Room and I’m using all of those skills as we speak!

Learn more about Lisa’s amazing writing career at Inanna Publications, Inanna Publications – Canadian independent feminist press

And be sure to check out Lisa’s website at: http://lisawriter.com/ and buy Lisa’s latest novel, The Rage Room, here: https://tinyurl.com/rnx8kerw

CONGRATULATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Caro Soles

Congratulations to Caro Soles!

Ippy Awards 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards

CANADA-EAST – BEST REGIONAL FICTION
Bronze Medal

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House (Inanna Publications

Melodie Campbell

Congratulations to Melodie Campbell, the new Vice President for Crime Writers of Canada!

Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton is keeping busy. Not only has he rejoined the board for Crime Writers of Canada, he’s also kept busy on the Awards, Marketing and Membership Committees, the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Board of the local arts council here in Fort McMurray.

And that’s not all. He’s had a short story published in the latest MX Sherlock Holmes Short Story Collection, and has three more due by the end of June for their next volumes. He’s also got a story in the upcoming anthology Asinine Assassins, as well as Rich Ryan’s collection Sherlock Holmes, A Year of Mystery 1882, for the August story.

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard is thrilled to announce the re-release of her award-winning Maddie Hatter Adventures. Twice finalists for the Aurora Award & named 2018 Alberta Book of the Year, these family-friendly novels follow a heroine as inquisitive as Eloise Bridgerton, as daring as Miss Scarlet, and as sharp a sleuth as Lady Holmes herself.

In Deadly Diamond  this amateur detective hunts a legendary gemstone, trails a cunning con-woman from Egypt to Europe & beyond, and goes undercover against a penny-pinching airship heiress who never lets a good grudge die.
Available June 1 from Amazon. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B095MBTD9Y

Book 2: Gilded Gauge is coming up for preorder any day now, and we’ll be launching a cover vote for Book 3 in early June.

Madona Skaff

Shifting Trust ( Renaissance Press) Madona Skaff-Koren‘s latest sci-fi novel is now available for pre-order! https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/shifting-trust/9781990086052-item.html

Tyler Demir left the RCMP after an undercover operation he was in charge of turned deadly. Refusing to make life and death decisions anymore, he now works as assistant head of security for a military funded Canadian nano-tech company. But when one of their scientists is kidnapped, the military send Tyler to England to retrieve him.

Not sure who to trust, Tyler uses contacts from his undercover days to get the scientist to safety. At every step, he sees the rescue crumble around him and again he has blood on his hands.

How the hell did he manage to go from a stress-free job, where lives didn’t depend on his split-second decisions, to this?

Blair Keetch

Blair Keetch‘s short story ‘Killings 4 Sale’ appears with  Kevin Thornton‘s story, “One Good Thing” in the upcoming anthology ‘Asinine Assassins’ by Smart Rhino Publishing to be released in late 2021.

Asinine Assassins
Madeleine Harris Callway

On June 18thM. H. Callway’s story, “The Moon God of Broadmoor”, will be published in the anthology, Moonlight and Misadventures (Superior Shores Press), edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The book is available in print and eBook on Amazon: Moonlight & Misadventure: 20 Stories of Mystery & Suspense (A Superior Shores Anthology Book 3)

Moonlight & Misadventure

NOIR AT THE BAR

Join Madeleine on Thursday, June 24th, at Noir at the Bar on Zoom where she will be reading. More details later in June.

Madeleine is also participating in a virtual Ride to Conquer Cancer. Due to the lockdown, the Ride was moved from June 12 & 13th to August 28-29th

Melissa Yi’s story, “The Three Little Pigs”, a new take on the fairy tale, will appear in Burly Tales, edited by Lamda Literary Award winner Steve Berman Featured Products (lethepressbooks.com)

A Message from Cheryl Freedman and Bonny Blithe

Bony Blithe, our winsome, fun-loving skeletal lass, has several announcements to make today, but let’s start with the most important and happiest one: the winner of the 2021 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award, a literary award for books that make us smile.

Drumroll, please…and congratulations to our 2021 winner:

Iona Whishaw, A Match Made for Murder (Touchwood Editions)

In this 7th book in the Lane Winslow Mystery series, it’s November 1947 and newlyweds Lane Winslow and police inspector Fred Darling can’t escape murder, even on their honeymoon in sunny Tucson, AZ, some 2600 km away from their home in Nelson, BC.

Want to see what critics say about Iona’s book? Check out the jolly winner video produced by Caro Soles at www.bonyblithe.com.

The Bony Blithe is an annual Canadian award celebrating traditional, feel-good mysteries. Now in its 10th year, the award includes everything from laugh-out-loud to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore – in short, books that are fun to read.

Party, Party, Party

We’re still planning to have an event to celebrate our 2020 and 2021 Bony Blithe Award winners as well as Bony Blithe’s 10th birthday, but we still don’t know when. We’re hoping for this October/November or alternately sometime in spring 2022. It all depends on what Ontario Public Health rules about group gatherings. Considering that many of us are at “that certain age” and the rest of us would like to get there, we will be limiting attendance to people who have been fully vaccinated. Stay tuned for more information on our FB page or www.bonyblithe.com.

End of an Era

Bony Blithe is retiring. We’ve had a great run over the past 10 years, but now it’s time for our bony lass to rest her weary bones. We’d like to thank all the publishers and authors who’ve made the Bony Blithe Light mystery award the huge success it has been and who’ve given us so many delightful books to make us smile.

While we will no longer have an annual award and mini-con, we still want to pay homage to our wonderful Canuck light mystery authors, so watch for Bare Bones, the new and exciting Bony Blithe Light Mystery newsletter, coming soon.

LOOKING AHEAD

When Words Collide August 13-15, 2021

The multi-genre conference, When Words Collide, is being held on Zoom from August 12-15th

o Panelists will include several Mesdames. Confirmed so far: Jayne Barnard and M. H. Callway.

o Registration is free, no cap on numbers but attendees must register beforehand

o This popular conference is an excellent way for authors to learn new writing tools and marketing strategies and to explore other genres. Lots of social events and readings, too.

https://www.whenwordscollide.org/

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